Best gifts given aren’t bought at Black Friday

Freedom New Mexico It’s Black Friday; do you know where your Christmas shoppers are at? Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is when the holiday shopping season moves into high gear. Today has become known as Black Friday because it’s when many American retailers start to tip over from “red” deficit spending to keep their doors […]

Creative Living July 11

Information on making gifts for men and removing water spots from furniture will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tera Leigh of Paintability will demonstrate how to make gifts that are masculine in appearance and more subtle than painted items that are usually created for women. […]

Season’s spirit in giving, but getting’s fun

By Helena Rodriguez The spirit of Christmas is in giving rather than receiving. I must confess though, that being on the receiving end has made for some memorable Christmas gifts. Like many parents, Mom and Dad liked to surprise us girls with special toys. But after peeking into Mom’s stash of yet-to-be-wrapped gifts one year, […]

12-8-07 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. L” Household members: 5 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. L’s” bills amount to too much to provide a good Christmas for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 6T. Girls pants size 6T. Boys shirt size 6T. Boys […]

Christ’s birthday should be celebrated

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Imagine that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded in his heinous plot. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints, no hope … and where there is no hope, there is only desolation. A world […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mr. P

Today’s focus: “Mr. P” Household members: 4 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Mr. P” is a single father who was just awarded custody of his child. His holiday hopes: For his child to have have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls clothing size 10/12. Girls shoe size 3. Toys list: Sponge Bob The Empty Stocking Fund […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. A

Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 6 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. A’s” hours at work are too short to cover Christmas expenses. Her husband’s paycheck is used toward other bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes juniors 10-12, 14-16 and 16-18. […]

Empty stocking fund: “Ms. D”

Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single mother who doesn’t make enough money to provide gifts for her children at Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6. Boys shoe size 13. […]

Home economist to present program

PNT Staff Report Fall cooking and decorating will take center stage as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers presents her annual holiday program at 6:30 p.m. Monday and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building auditorium, Seventh and Abilene Streets in Portales. This year’s program is entitled “Happy Fall-i-days” and will feature […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. S”

Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband has been ill since January, but he has been unable to receive Social Security. The family is currently living off the SSI check received for their son, who was born with Down syndrome. Ms. S is unable to work because she is their son’s caretaker. […]

Children get early visit from Santa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Santa Claus arrived early for some children Tuesday night as jolly old Saint Nick and his helpers took gifts and surprised 180 local children whose names were placed on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree, now in its 22nd year, is an annual project designed to help […]

Empty stock — Dec. 9

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is a single mother whose only source of income is selling burritos. She can barely afford to provide the basics for her family. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 8 […]

People helping people

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 3 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a disabled single mother who lives on a fixed income. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her daughter. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12 to 14. Girls winter coat size 12 to 14. Toys list: Bicycle The Empty Stocking […]

Snacks coming on next show

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on making after school snacks, gifts ideas for kids to make, and recipes and ideas to “spice up” your next party will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico […]

Fabric gifts, purses and wall shelves focus of show

Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making purses, wall shelves, and easy fabric gifts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday (all times are MST). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Chris Thornton is an artist […]

Salvation Army fund drive closes Dec. 31

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Local Salvation Army officials said they helped 958 children with Christmas gifts, food and clothing this year, compared to 723 a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the local office, through Friday, had collected $5,277.27 in cash donations to the Empty Stocking Fund this Christmas season — about $9,000 less than was needed […]

Empty Stocking Dec. 22

Today’s Focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” receives disability and cane barely afford basic necessities. This year she is not able to purchase extras for the children. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give her children gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boy’s pant sizes 7 and 16 […]

Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s Focus: “Ms. H” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. H’s” husband has been laid off and she is the only person working right now. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give gifts and a Christmas meal to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant size 16, boys shirt size 18 to […]

Cannon reaches out

Disney cruise

Tech. Sgt. Tory Gard, 27th Mission Support Squadron, helps Clinton Worley test drive his new remote controlled Hummer. Airman Thomas Trower Children at the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales were treated with a visit by more than 30 Airmen and their family members, accompanied by gifts. During the holiday season, people from Cannon sponsor all […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. S

Today’s Focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: A single mother, working to support her two children. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give Christmas gifts to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 32 and 2T, boys shirt sizes large and 2T, boys shoe sizes 9 1/2 and 6 1/2. […]